The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach is set to make his debut as a director with a documentary about the late singer-piano player Dr. John.
According to a statement, the documentary will focus on Dr. John’s life and career in relation to his hometown of New Orleans. It will tell how the city shaped him and vice versa.
Dr. John, whose real name is Mac Rebennack, was a six-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. He died after a heart attack in 2019.
“He was such a unique individual and a shining example of the great melting pot of American music,” Auerbach said of Dr. John. “From his mysterious voodoo stage persona Dr. John to his real, humble self Mac Rebannack — the street poet, the family man, the junkie, the Grammy award winner and all that’s in between, this documentary will introduce the world to him in a way they haven’t seen him before.”
He added, “I’m still learning bits about him that I never knew, and I hope the movie provides a lens into the story of the life of Dr. John.”
Executive producers of the film include Jon Kamen and Jon Doran for RadicalMedia, Dr. John’s longtime managers Ed Gerard and Peter Himberger of Impact Artist Productions, and independent producer Leopoldo Gout.
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